This presentation is for research writers, both advanced undergraduate writers and graduate students (even junior faculty needed writing support!). It assumes that the reader is familiar with the basic purpose of the literature review, and delves deeply into *how* the writer might compose this part of the research article. It also assumes that the technical features of this difficult genre are underestimated, and thereby approaches the literature review as a *drama.* Research writers should feel free to draw on the presentation for strategies that will enable them to articulate their understanding of how their research problem influences the way their field talks about and acts in regards to this problem. Specifically, an examination of grammar as code for drama is explored.